03
08
2018

Assessments, Data, and Individualization

Individualization is seen as a must have with training programs. While this is good, it doesn’t come without some misunderstandings. We’ve touched on some of those issues before, but it sometimes seems like people get confused by what individualization means in relation to sports. At times, individu...

12
28
2017

Pulldowns: The What, Why, and When

Though controversial pulldowns are a staple of our off-season program, we see them as vital pieces to train athletes to handle the stresses of pitching. But, like everything, they can be misunderstood when not done in the proper context. The What Pulldowns, otherwise known as Running Throws, Crow Ho...

11
06
2017

Data Collection at the Small College Level

This article was written by former Driveline trainer and current Lake Erie Head Coach Cam Castro. Cam details how to track different pitching metrics at small college level to help pitchers develop. (Twitter: @Castro_Turf) When I worked at Driveline, I was spoiled. Trackman, Rapsodo, Motus, biomecha...

08
12
2017

How to Use the Motus Sleeve

We have been using the motusBASEBALL Sensor to great success over the last year, and it has been able to bring biomechanics measurement from the lab to the amatuer coach and player. Because of our success using the motusBASEBALL Sensor, we felt it would be helpful to provide some more information on...

07
27
2017

Front Side Glute Data in Pitching – An EMG Pilot Study

Let us start by recalling an earlier blog post about efficient front leg mechanics and what they do for the throwing motion, and velocity. In this post, we talk about how the front leg has the job of “slamming on the breaks” [1] and stopping the momentum of the body allowing for maximal momentum tra...

04
26
2017

Velocity Based Training Part 2: Programming

In Part One, I explained velocity-based training (VBT) and why we’ve decided to implement it with our athletes. Today, in Part 2 I will explore how to program VBT individual athletes to best improve their performance. (This article was written by Jack Scheideman, High Performance Trainer at Drivelin...

03
29
2017

Bauer Units and Pitch Comparison

In our article Spin Rate Part 1, we formally introduced Bauer Units. Bauer Units normalize spin rate per velocity, which, as you’ll see, is important when comparing pitchers’ spin rates. Let’s review the Bauer Unit equation: Bauer Units = Spin Rate (RPM) / Velocity (MPH) This is pretty straight forw...

10
28
2016

Elbow Stress, Motus Sleeve, and Velocity

Explaining Elbow Stress and Torque When measuring elbow stress in biomechanic labs it is often peak stress that is being measured. This peak stress often occurs during what many researchers call the ‘arm cocking’ phase of the pitching motion. The arm cocking phase is found between front foot contact...